Timing in the Golf Swing
Timing in the golf swing is a key element of hitting successful golf shots. What you have to understand is that there is a lot of things moving together but they are actually separate movements that are coordinated. As the club starts its swing and the body starts to pivot the club is in front of the body.
At the top of the backswing the club leaves the body and then the body starts the downswing first and the clubhead has to catch up with the body. A lot of that is the responsibility of the right hand that helps the clubhead catch up. I have a simple little drill for this.
Drill: Coordinating the Swing
- You start with the butt of the club on your belt buckle. Get in a natural relaxed arm position, where the hands would actually be gripping the club towards the middle of the shaft, and start the club away.
- While the club is in front of the body it is still touching the belt buckle. From the position where the club is parallel to the ground on the backswing I am going to load the hands and complete the backswing and the club will move away from my belt buckle.
- Then as I start back down I am going to get this club to reattach to my belt buckle as I am in motion. What this does is give you a sense of how the clubhead leads the body, then the body leads and then the clubhead catches back up.
You can see that there is a lot of free motion in there. Doing this drill is going to help you hit stronger golf shots and get more of a whipping action in your swing and it is definitely going to increase your distance. So practice this when you are at home in front of a mirror. Use it when you are on the range, it will give you a good sense of how the clubhead is relating to your body.